HaAmakim Park – Visitors Guide (Map, Photos, Barbeque, and More)

HaAmakim Park is situated near kibbutz Sha`ar HaAmakim, and there are hiking and cycling trails along the Kishon River, picnic tables, and a Turkish bridge.

Map

HaAmakim Park is situated near kibbutz Sha`ar HaAmakim, by the intersection of roads #6 and #75. And the easiest way to get there is by entering “HaAmakim Park” into Waze.

When we drove there, shortly after the intersection of roads #6 and #75 while driving on road #75 to the east, we turned to the left and continued using the dirt road under the bridge till we reached the parking lot.

Interactive map of the area:

And here is a map of HaAmakim Park:

Map of HaAmakim Park

Map of HaAmakim Park

Note: you can click on the map to enlarge it.

Entrance Fee

Free.

Opening Hours

Visiting is allowed only during the daytime.

The following sign states: “Staying in the forest after dark is prohibited unless the required safety measures are taken.”

HaAmakim Park
HaAmakim Park

Parking

Free parking is available on site, near the mentioned entrance.

Parking and nearby Tables, HaAmakim Park
Parking and nearby Tables, HaAmakim Park

Restrooms

None. Or at least, I did not see any during my latest visit (December 2021).

Picnic Tables and Barbeque

There are picnic tables, and you can make barbeques. Moreover, there is an accessible path and one accessible table.

But there are not many tables (I have seen in total about ten tables), and there are no facilities besides garbage bins (no restrooms and no water taps).

Entry to the water is prohibited
Entry to the water is prohibited

Entry into the water at HaAmakim Park is prohibited.

HaAmakim Park
HaAmakim Park

The Accessible Trail

There is a long cycling and hiking trail along the Kishon River. Moreover, at the parking marked on the map above, you can find an accessible path (see photo above pointing to an eight hundred meters trail).

Let’s hike along this trail.

HaAmakim Park
HaAmakim Park

The paved trail continues along the river to the north from the picnic area.

Kishon River
Kishon River

The paved path leads to the memorial of Yehuda Lipshitz, who was an engineer at Zevulun Regional Council.

Yehuda Lipshitz Memorial
Yehuda Lipshitz Memorial
HaAmakim Park
HaAmakim Park

Shortly after the memorial, the paved trail becomes a dirt road.

HaAmakim Park
HaAmakim Park

On the other side of the river, you can find a farm with horses. They offer horse rides, and some of them may use the trails in the park. Therefore if you are using the trails to walk with your dog, consider keeping it on a leash depending on the dog’s reaction when seeing horses.

Horse Farm
Horse Farm
Horse Farm
Horse Farm

The trail continued further northwest, but we decided to return to the picnic area and hiked in another direction.

HaAmakim Park
HaAmakim Park

Turkish Railway Bridge

If you hike to the south from the parking marked on the map above, then after several minutes, you will reach the Turkish Railway Bridge over the Kishon River.

Note: this part of the trail is not accessible.

Turkish Railway Bridge over Kishon River
Turkish Railway Bridge over Kishon River

The Turkish Railway Bridge is made of dressed stone and supported by six arches. It was designed by the German railway engineer Heinrich August Meissner. Inaugurated in 1903 by the Turks near Station 15, Jalami, it was crossed by the Valley Railway, an offshoot of the Hejaz Railway Project.

Source: Wikipedia

Bridges over Kishon River
Bridges over Kishon River

And after this bridge, you will see the modern bridges of road #75.

Bridges over Kishon River
Bridges over Kishon River

And then you will reach a grove planted by Trans-Israel workers in 2020.

Grove - Trans-Israel
Grove – Trans-Israel
Grove - Trans-Israel
Grove – Trans-Israel

Summary

HaAmakim Park could have been an excellent place for a picnic. But several things prevent me from recommending this place to everybody. First of all, the lack of facilities. Secondly, during our visit, the park was filthy. But it still can be a lovely place for a hike.

Have you ever visited HaAmakim Park? Tell us about your experience in the comments below.

That’s all for today, and I’ll see you in future travels!

Stay Tuned!

   

Additional Resources

Here are several resources that I created to help travelers: And if you have any questions then check out Useful Information For Tourists To Israel.  
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Lev Tsimbler

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